An assortment of new projects has kept automobile manufacturer General Motors busy as of late, and with busyness comes the need for more manpower to get jobs done quickly. In the interest of new research and production, GM has announced an investment of more than $890 million that will create or retain more than 1,600 jobs across five North American plants.
The multi-million-dollar investment plan is divied across the five plants for various purposes. In Tonawanda, New York, and St. Catharines, Ontario, respective investments of $400 million and $235 million will go toward creating 710-plus jobs and 400 jobs, respectively. While those plants focus on engine production, the three remaining plants located in Defiance, Ohio; Bedford, Indiana; and Bay City, Michigan will focus on engine casting and component production. The Defiance plant will receive $115 million and as many as 189 additional jobs; Bedford will be given $111 million and approximately 245 jobs; and Bay City will be granted $32 million and over 80 new jobs.
GM’s overall goal is to develop a new generation of fuel efficient small block truck and car engines. “The next generation small block engine family will have unprecedented fuel efficiency through direct injection and an all-new advanced combustion system design,” according to GM. “The new engine family will rely exclusively on aluminum engine blocks, which are lighter and contribute to the improved fuel efficiency.”